15 May 2017 Monday 2:56pm
Do exactly what we tell you to do or get out.
This is basically what’s going on with a couple of viral videos about passengers getting kicked out of oversold flights. One even forcibly. I watched that one a few weeks ago. And just now, another one of a family of four. Mum watches them on her newsfeed on her Facebook page.
Did the family of four get kicked out forcibly as well?
No. They conceded.
Why? It’s sort of complicated.
I have all the time in the world, my child. Literally.
Oh-kay. From the article that I read together with the video, the dad bought four tickets. He has two kids, one is under the age of two. So together with his wife, he was supposed to have bought four airline tickets. The airline employee explained that there is an airline ruling that stipulates that any child under two is not allowed a seat to himself or herself and should sit on a parent’s lap during the flight.
Do you know about this ruling?
No. My kids haven’t been two since they turned three. Anyway. The article explained that Dad actually bought that particular seat for his 18 year old who he sent home on an earlier flight. So it only made sense for his toddler to occupy that seat that he paid for. But the airline staff insisted that his toddler must sit on Dad’s or Mum’s lap. Otherwise the plane will not take off. “We can sit here for four hours,” was the airline staff’s words in the video.
Who was taking the video?
It looked like it was the wife’s phone. The airline wasn’t aware of it either.
I see. So how was it resolved?
The staff gave them an ultimatum. The airline went about in a round-about way but basically meaning, “Do exactly what we tell you to do or get out.” Those are my words, by the way.
So what did the family of four do?
The article said they got out. They had to fork out $2,000 for a hotel stay overnight and another flight the next day. But eventually, I guess they got to where they were going. Dad’s only angst is that there must have been four passengers who paid for four tickets on an oversold flight who sat in their seats. What he probably meant was that, the airline got paid double for four airline seats. But that’s just my opinion. Only the airline will know exactly who paid for what and how much.
What about the other incident? What happened there?
There was blood in that one. I think the poor chap had to be hospitalized or something. He was dragged out of the plane. Literally. So what is this all about, God?
You have two incidents. One was forced and there was hospitalization involved. And the other, one side gave in and they reached their destination, maybe with lighter pockets, but everybody is safe and sound.
Ya, we all know that. So what does it all mean?
There’s another video you haven’t mentioned.
Oh yeah. This one looked like the Pacquiao and Mayweather fight. Shirts were torn and everything. But you know who I admire the most in this video?
The flight attendant. She put herself in between these two I’m-gonna-bash-your-head-in-crazy guys and tried to separate them. I thought she was so cool. So why am I telling You this, God?
You’re not telling Me anything, child. You are actually asking Me why people are acting the way they’re acting.
Yes! Yes! Precisely! So why do people act the way they do?
Only they can answer that question, dear one.